City considering settlement with children of Larry Jackson

City considering settlement with children of Larry Jackson

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The Austin Police Association wants the city council to put the brakes on a proposed settlement involving a fatal shooting. The deal is expected to be considered Thursday.

The pictures in Bobby Taylor's notebook, in his opinion, are the most compelling argument for a settlement.

"Someone who is a cheerleader, you know those cost, we got the boy who plays softball, we know what those cost," said Taylor.

The children - three of them ages 12, 10 and 9 - lost their father this past summer.

"So my job is to get them out of the mix of that they cannot change," said Taylor.

Larry Jackson was killed by a bullet from a police officer's gun. Officials with APD acknowledge that and there's not much debate about that point. Taylor says that's all the city council needs to know and striking a settlement deal now will avoid a long civil trial. The children are living with their mother in Mississippi.

"I've got three minor children they need to move on, they need to live their lives their mother wants them to move forward so she has asked me to try to negotiate it now," said Taylor.

This all began July 26th. Investigators say Jackson had tried to pass a bad check at a central Austin bank that had been robbed earlier in the day. After he was sent away Jackson was confronted down the road by Austin Police Detective Charles Kleinert, who was working the bank robbery investigation. The two men got into a fight under a street bridge and during the struggle, investigators say the detective's gun fell to the ground and went off, striking and killing Jackson.

The incident has yet to be reviewed by a Travis County Grand Jury and that's why officials with the police association say it's too soon to talk settlement.

"We've made settlements in the past, but it was also after the Grand Jury and we know what happened in the case," said Ken Cassady with the Austin Police Association.

Cassady is concern an early settlement could taint the judicial process for Detective Kleinert, who has retired from APD.

"There is a history in this case of trampling the officers rights from leaks that's we've talked about in the past all the way to this premature possible settlement," said Cassady.

But Bobby Taylor says the money is needed now. Depending on the dollar amount- the deal could be structured, not a lump sum windfall, according to Taylor, but with some cash for daily needs.

"A simple amount so here will be clothes shoes food for a short period and then there will be money set aside for the future, the children themselves would not draw a nickel until they reached a certain age, I would suggest ... when he or she is 17," said Taylor.

Council members are expected only to get a briefing Thursday on the proposal. While Taylor would like a quick resolution negotiations could also continue on for several more weeks.

The city is also facing potential lawsuits from Larry Jackson's wife and his parents

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